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-- Looking for some yummy cheese? SmartMoney.com surveyed the dairy case to find something better than the common cheddar. But brace yourself for the prices. One pick was Vermont Shepherd by cheesemakers Cynthia and David Major, which fetches about $20 a pound. The price tag must be covering their airfares. The couple traveled throughout France's Basque region to learn the technique for creating their Pyrenees-style sheep's milk cheese.

Credit on the house
Traditional home equity loans and home equity lines of credit are booming thanks to low interest rates, but borrowers still need to read the fine print.

Helen Huntley: Big CD yields just a big gimmick
At least once a week I hear this question from a curious investor:

Calling all cheapskates
Could you be the Tampa Bay area's No. 1 cheapskate?

Investors need Wall Street secret decoder ring
Translating the jargon of the stock market might be even more challenging than choosing the right stocks.

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Linda Hawkins: Tax professional, 58, New Port Richey

Ten tips: Financial planning crucial for single adults
If you're a single adult, it may be even more important for you to give yourself a serious financial wake-up call than it would be for married couples. Whether you're single by choice, divorced, widowed or part of an unmarried couple, the following tips can help you face financial challenges and emergencies.

War or no war, gas prices likely to go up
NEW YORK -- If history is any guide, consumers should brace for even higher gasoline prices, which are already above $2 a gallon in some places.


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